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Founding Mothers by Cokie Roberts
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Jan 25, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: nonfiction
Read in February, 2009

This book is a delight and more like what I was expecting from McCullough's 1776. Ms. Roberts starts with Eliza Pinckney, well before the Revolutionary War, and works her way steadily through correspondence and journals and autobiographies to the election of our second president, John Adams, and his first lady, Abigail Adams. Both enlightening and entertaining, the highlights were of the ladies of the period, but she did not forget the men while she was at it. There were many bits of information previously unknown to me where Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams were concerned while John Jay and Alexander Hamilton were almost entirely new to my knowledge of American history. Nevertheless, it is their ladies who astonish and delight as Ms. Roberts presents a view of our history seldom seen in the classroom.
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